- Museum number
Medallion; honestone; circular; portrait bust of man with short cropped hair and pointed, forked beard, legend.
- Production date
- 1537 (circa)
Diameter: 3.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Sloane listed the contents of cabinet 159.q separately and the list is now kept with his catalogues of Cameos and Intaglios and Annuli in the Sloane manuscript catalogue titled 'Sloane Collection: MS Catalogue and Index' in BEP archives. Number 1 is listed by Sloane as: 'A head in terra cotta round it Invia virtutis nulla est via the head wh a piked forked beard.' A W Franks added 'mediaeval room A W F'.
For the sitter and the medal related to this see Habich, Die Deutschen Schaumunzen des XVI Jarhunderts, Munich 1931, 161, no.1141. The sitter was of noble family from Bavaria, born 1509, in the Imperial service. Died 1588. Examples of the medal are in Berlin and Vienna. Many other medals of this sitter listed by Habich, who mentions this model. Model described in Sloane 2 f./1q1. See Jeremy Warren, 'Sloane as a collector of small sculpture' February 2004, Apollo 159(504):31-38.
- On display (G1/fc14)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number